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By Desi Doyen on 11/22/2016, 10:50am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: North Dakota police escalate tactics against Dakota Access Pipeline protesters; Canada moves to phase out coal electricity by 2030; Record low sea ice in a 'freakishly warm' Arctic; PLUS: Obama Administration cancels oil leases on Blackfeet Nation Lands... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Thanksgiving advice: How to deal with climate change denying Uncle Pete; NASA Team Claims 'Impossible' Space Engine Works-Get the Facts; World's poorest countries to aim for 100% green energy; Exxon Mobil Accuses the Rockefellers of a Climate Conspiracy; 71 Percent of Americans Support Paris Climate Deal Trump Wants To Dump; EPA Chief: Trump Can’t Halt U.S. Shift To Clean Energy; Trump’s big infrastructure plan? It’s a trap; Bleak Outlook for Trump’s Promises to Coal Miners... PLUS: It’s a pretty good time to catch up on your environmental justice reading. Here's a helpful list... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • Thanksgiving advice: How to deal with climate change denying Uncle Pete (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists):
    I know none of you believes these myths, but it seems that almost everybody has an unpleasant relative--call him Uncle Pete--who comes to dinner. Pete spoils the family mood by making these false claims, which he found on talk radio or the Internet. I'll tell you in a moment why some of the most frequently repeated claims are just plain wrong.
  • World's poorest countries to aim for 100% green energy (BBC):
    Representatives from 47 of the world's most disadvantaged nations have pledged to generate all their future energy needs from renewables. Members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum issued their statement on the last day of the Marrakech climate conference.
  • It’s a pretty good time to catch up on your environmental justice reading. (Grist):
    It’s a pretty good time to catch up on your environmental justice reading. Here's a helpful list.
  • With a Meeting, Trump Renewed a British Wind Farm Fight (NY Times):
    When President-elect Donald J. Trump met with the British politician Nigel Farage in recent days, he encouraged Mr. Farage and his entourage to oppose the kind of offshore wind farms that Mr. Trump believes will mar the pristine view from one of his two Scottish golf courses.
  • Exxon Mobil Accuses the Rockefellers of a Climate Conspiracy (NY Times):
    Exxon Mobil, under fire over its past efforts to undercut climate science, is accusing the Rockefeller family of masterminding a conspiracy against it. Yes, that Rockefeller family.
  • 71 Percent of Americans Support Paris Climate Deal Trump Wants To Dump (Washington Post):
    Since the election of Donald Trump as president, climate change has rushed to the front of the news because of Trump’s pledges to wipe away major U.S. attempts to address it. ... However, a new survey released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on Monday suggests that if Trump were to withdraw from the agreement, that may not be popular in the United States.
  • EPA Chief: Trump Can’t Halt U.S. Shift To Clean Energy (Washington Post):
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday gave an impassioned defense of the Obama administration’s energy and environmental policies and insisted the nation’s shift from fossil fuels will continue no matter who occupies the White House.
  • Trump’s big infrastructure plan? It’s a trap. (Washington Post):
    First, Trump’s plan is not really an infrastructure plan. It’s a tax-cut plan for utility-industry and construction-sector investors, and a massive corporate welfare plan for contractors. The Trump plan doesn’t directly fund new roads, bridges, water systems or airports, as did Hillary Clinton’s 2016 infrastructure proposal. Instead, Trump’s plan provides tax breaks to private-sector investors who back profitable construction projects.
  • NASA Team Claims 'Impossible' Space Engine Works-Get the Facts (National Geographic):
    Scientists just published a paper saying that the controversial EmDrive produces thrust, even though that defies known laws of physics.
  • Hundreds Of Dead Puffins Are Mysteriously Washing Ashore In Alaska (Huffington Post):
    Climate change could be driving the seabird to starvation, amid reports of mass puffin die-offs worldwide in recent years.
  • A Bleak Outlook for Trump’s Promises to Coal Miners (NY Times):
    Donald J. Trump made coal a centerpiece of his campaign, holding rousing rallies with miners in hard hats, who he said had been neglected under eight years of the Obama administration. ... Now, though, coal may prove a different sort of symbol — that is, of the challenges that the president-elect will face delivering on his many promises to restore struggling sectors of the American economy.
  • USGS Announces Largest Oil And Gas Deposit Ever Assessed In U.S. (NPR):
    The U.S. Geological Survey says a deposit in West Texas is the largest continuous oil and gas deposit ever discovered in the United States.
  • Behind "Make America Great," the Koch Agenda Returns with a Vengeance (Talking Points Memo):
    The stage is perfectly set to advance the core Koch ultra-free-market agenda, even though the brothers avoided endorsing Trump and the candidate himself discussed almost none of the relevant policy shifts in his appeals to voters.
  • China clarifies for Trump: uh, no, global warming is not a Chinese hoax (Vox):
    "If you look at the history of climate change negotiations, actually it was initiated by the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] with the support of the Republicans during the Reagan and senior Bush administration during the late 1980s," Liu told reporters, according to Bloomberg (which points out that this history is, in fact, correct).
  • Rule Would Boost Solar And Wind Energy On Public Lands (Missoulian):
    The Obama administration took action Thursday to boost development of solar and wind energy on public lands, part of President Barack Obama's strategy to develop cleaner domestic energy and reduce emissions blamed for global warming.
  • No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously (Vox):
    If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.


FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • NASA Video: If we don't act, here's what to expect in the next 100 years: